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Mar 25th, 2012 at 1:24pm

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It is long over due for some paint work.
The car was last painted by a body shop back in 1985. The PO had it stripped and changed the color from 947 Elkhart Green to 976 Mille Miglia Red. They used a urethane based paint without clear coat.
The paint is faded with a lot of stone chips.
I want to start removing the paint and was wondering if I should just sand it off. If so, what grit sandpaper should I use to start.
I do not believe the paint is on very thick.
The shop did not do nay repairs to the surface before they painted it. I am not sure they even used a primer. Several areas have been over buffed to the point where they is very little color.
Thanks
 

Brian
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Reply #1 - Mar 25th, 2012 at 2:48pm

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   I chemically removed the paint on the 73.That had 3 paint jobs done to it. When it came time to do the 77 I chose to sand it by hand. I new it just had the original paint so it wasn't that bad. I suggest doing it by hand because if you don't do it everyday you risk the chance of more work doing it with a DA sander.
   Find yourself DURA sanding blocks the 1 inch round and nice flat block will work well.You can find them on ebay. You'll find yourself using the round block more only because of the body lines of the car.
   I started with 220 dry open cut paper then work up to a finer grit. You can start with a lower grit but you have to watch you don't start digging into the glass = "more work"
   The trick is to know when to bump up to the next grit before you get to glass. When you get close to the glass switch over to wet sanding. The beautifull thing about sanding the vette you don't have to worry about getting primer on it right away. The 77 took me 6 wks to sand and prep the body. Be patient the prep is everything in a paint job..................jack

And anybody with urethane bumpers. They are a joke to sand. Pretty much like sanding jello Lips Sealed
 

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Reply #2 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 4:36am

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My 2 cents, paint is best left to the pros including the prep work on a fiberglass car. Metal is a whole different monster. It can mean the difference between a real head turner & a ho hum look.
Alan Smiley
 
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Reply #3 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 6:17am
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If I was to re-paint mine, I'd probably do the prep work myself but I have done a lot of painting and am real good at feathering and transitioning. with the Vette being soft, I'd really take my time on it. chances are, the glass is OK so it's just a matter of getting the paint off and all smoothed out. then I'd take it somewhere to have them paint it. that front end is huge and you're bound to get a lot of overspray if you aren't careful and then your wet sanding skills had better be top notch. I'd get a few estimates before I dug into it.

Good luck and BTW, you going with the same red or what?
Charlie
 
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Reply #4 - Mar 26th, 2012 at 4:20pm

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I am staying red but probably a different shade, something a little less tomato/orange.
My brother has been working on Viper after market parts so he will be assisting me with the repair portion of the project. I will be leaving the painting to a pro. There is just a lot of little cracks and lots of stone chips that need to be addressed.
Thanks for the help guys.
 

Brian
73 Coupe, Performer RPM Heads & intake
Holley carb
Crane Cam, Roller rockers
BTO 200-4R trans, 3.55 gear
F-body seatbelts,
Magnaflow Exhaust.
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Reply #5 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 5:36am
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FIRE ENGINE RED!! Grin  Wink
Good luck with the project, Brian. Wink  Looking forward to seeing photos of your new paint. How long do you think it will take?

Dale
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Reply #6 - Mar 27th, 2012 at 7:11am
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when I had my 78TA painted and changed from black to red, the guy asked, what red do you want and I told him "red red" luckily, it came out perfect.

Charlie
 
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